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Amaurosis Fugax Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Amaurosis fugax is a symptom described as a shade coming down over the eye. A partial or complete loss of sight that is temporary usually related to atherosclerosis in the blood vessels that supply the brain. It can also occur with excessive acceleration, as in flight. Amaurosis is the Greek word for darkening, dark, or obscure. The ancients used it to refer to dimmed vision, especially if there was nothing they could see that was wrong with the eye itself. Fugax is related to fugitive (fleeing). Amaurosis fugax therefore means a fleeting loss of vision.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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